February 27, 2024


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Advocating for Artists in Their Communities with Louise Martorano


You are not by itself.

It could look like you are at situations because you do so considerably do the job by yourself in the studio, but the artwork ecosystem is monumental. And you are not by yourself.

RedLine artist resident and alumni exhibition Chromatic Cogitations | on Art Biz Success
RedLine’s 2021-2022 Artist Resident Artist & Alumni exhibition Chromatic Cogitations: Rhythm Reboot. Impression courtesy of Wes Magyar.

There are so several excellent folks who are advocating on behalf of and supporting artists in their firms and careers. I want you to know about these methods so that you can faucet into them. They are waiting for you.

My guest for this episode of The Art Biz is Louise Martorano, the Govt Director at RedLine Modern Art Center in Denver, Colorado.

RedLine is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster “education and engagement among artists and communities to develop positive social modify.” In several approaches, RedLine behaves like a common arts council. But they are far from it.

Louise and I talk about their artist-in-residence method, inexpensive studio space, and how they collaborate with other art businesses in the U.S. and over and above.

There is so considerably to glean from this discussion, but I encourage you to pay out near notice around the finish when Louise talks about the importance of auditing your associations.

A speedy be aware in advance of you dive in.

While RedLine very substantially supports the community neighborhood of artists in Denver, there are related businesses dotted all over the U.S. and the relaxation of the globe. You require to know about the do the job that they are performing. I hope this episode piques your curiosity adequate to commence your research.

resident artist RedLine Ana Maria Hernando working in studio | on Art Biz Success
Latest Resident Resource Artist Ana María Hernando functioning in her studio at RedLine. Photo courtesy of RedLine Up to date Artwork Center.


  • The background and mission of RedLine Up to date Art Center. (1:45)
  • The area and world-wide have to have for artist job aid. (7:46)
  • Visible arts coalitions fill in the gaps of an artist’s occupation. (11:23)
  • The staff members, funds, and $22 million re-granting plans at RedLine. (19:15)
  • Specifics on residencies, purposes, and juried interviews. (25:18)
  • Open up studio doors raise possibilities for artists. (32:03)
  • Fee opportunities, stipends, and other plan gains. (33:58)
  • How to uncover artist guidance applications in your community. (37:19)
  • Team conferences and other expectations of resident artists. (41:01)
  • Auditing interactions and leveraging your group. (45:45)

RedLine Contemporary art education coordinator with students school | on Art Biz Success
RedLine’s Art Schooling Coordinator Shaunie Berry participating with art students at a regional 5 Details faculty. Picture courtesy of RedLine Up to date Artwork Middle.


Adri Norris speaks at exhibition reception RedLine Contemporary | on Art Biz Success
Artist Adri Norris talking at the opening reception for Chromatic Cogitations: Rhythm Reboot exhibition. Picture by James Rowe with Snap Shots Images. [ Listen to my episode with Adri ]

Louise Martorano Quotations

  • “Artists are truly expected to be all the departments in their profession.”
  • “Artists’ careers can dwell and die on the associations they make and the alternatives they have.”
  • “We’re hoping to connection arms with each other in Colorado to see if we can develop a more seamless journey for artists as they get traction and option in their professions.”
  • “Talking about your do the job is like performing exercises a muscle mass. The extra you do it, the more refined your language is.”
  • “Artists have to have to reevaluate who they know and who they are linked to and see how they can use individuals arteries of prospect.”

About My Guest

Louise Martorano executive director RedLine Contemporary | on Art Biz SuccessLouise Martorano is the Executive Director of RedLine, a non-gain up to date art heart and residency located in Denver, Colorado. RedLine’s mission is to foster schooling and engagement amongst artists and communities to build beneficial social modify. Below Martorano’s management, RedLine has received the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 and 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, has been acknowledged by Denver Public Schools for excellence in community engagement, and has introduced and arranged over 100 exhibitions more than the past 10 decades.

Martorano retains a B.A. from the College of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.H. from the College of Colorado, Denver with a concentration in Modern Art Heritage & Tunes. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for promising nonprofit leaders who maintain major leadership roles in Colorado.

Comply with RedLine on Instagram: @redlinedenver

Observe Louise on Instagram: @lmartorano


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